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UN Committee marks a month since Chibok girls kidnap

14 May 2014, 20:34

Abuja - The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Wednesday marked one month since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, urging their release and warning of consequences.

The United Nations body firmly condemned the acts of violence against more than 200 girls who were abducted from their secondary school on April 14 during a violent raid by Boko Haram.

The committee expressed deep concern about the fate of the girls, who have now been separated from their families for a lengthy period.

“The Committee considers that this large-scale abduction from an educational institution for enslavement constitutes a direct violation of articles 5, 6 and 10 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women  and may qualify as a crime against humanity,” committee chairperson, Nicole Ameline stated.

She urged Nigeria to employ all necessary means to obtain the release of the girls and to bring to justice the perpetrators of the “heinous crime.”

The Committee recalled its General Recommendation No. 30 (2013) on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, asking states parties to uphold women’s rights before, during and after conflict and to exercise due diligence in ensuring that non-state actors were held accountable for crimes against women.

“In particular, according to the General Recommendation, states must take measures to prevent the occurrence of attacks and threats against school girls and their teachers and ensure that perpetrators of such acts of violence are promptly investigated, prosecuted and punished,” Ameline added.

“The Committee will closely follow the situation of the abducted girls and the measures taken by the Nigerian authorities to ensure their release, punish the perpetrators and provide effective remedies to the victims, as well as to prevent similar violations in the future and ensure the participation of women in the resolution of the current crisis.”

– CAJ News

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